A RECIPE book for people who are forced to rely on parcels from
foodbanks has been devised by a Frenchwoman living in London,
Hortense Julienne, as part of her "Lent journey".
Ms Julienne said: "The recipes show the foodbank-user how to
stretch some tinned meals, or use them in a completely different
manner. I am French, I love cooking, and I like my plate to look
good. The recipes are, I truly believe it, inspired by God, as I
often found myself shocked at what I came up with."
The book, The Bank Cook Book, is free to download. Ms
Julienne hopes it will be distributed by churches and foodbanks.
Many of the recipes use basic tinned food, but some include
ingredients such as aubergines or dark chocolate.
A spokeswoman for the foodbank charity the Trussell Trust
welcomed the book. She said that although food parcels contained
only "non-perishable" items, some foodbanks also offered fresh
The Trust is developing its own programme, "Eat Well and Spend
Less", to help people move on from being reliant on emergency
supplies to cooking their own nutritious food on a budget.